Curriculum Content

The following is a preview of the content in the curriculum’s six sections:

Section 1: Introduction

This section provides an introduction to the goals of the curriculum and defines clearly the population we will be discussing over the course of the training. It also provides an overview of the “Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offender Management” and its underlying principles and guiding philosophies.

Section 2: Overview

This section will describe some of the national data regarding the incidence and prevalence of sex offenses committed by juveniles; discuss how the juvenile and criminal justice systems’ responses to these cases have evolved over time; explore critical findings in the current literature about juvenile sex offenders, including key similarities and differences between adults and juveniles who commit sex offenses; and highlight how what we know about juvenile sex offenders should impact the ways in which we manage them.

Section 3: Assessment

This section will cover the importance of sex offender assessment as a critical and ongoing piece of managing juvenile sex offenders in the community; key elements of comprehensive and specialized assessments; who should be involved in conducting assessments of juvenile sex offenders and at which points in time those assessments should be conducted; the importance of the assessor’s approach in the assessment process; factors that may increase a juvenile’s risk to reoffend; and assessment tools available that can guide our decisionmaking in juvenile sex offender management cases.

Section 4: Supervision

This section will define what is meant by a “success–oriented” approach to the supervision of juvenile sex offenders; will explore the importance of collaboration in supervising these youth; will examine the need for specialized training and knowledge; will help you to think about how to develop and use specialized case plans; and will describe a number of promising approaches to the effective supervision of this population.

Section 5: Treatment

This section will outline national trends relative to treatment programming for juvenile sex offenders; how changes in the juvenile justice system in recent decades have affected intervention approaches for juvenile sex offenders; common components and targets of juvenile sex offender treatment, including treatment goals, program philosophies and theoretical models, and treatment modalities; challenges and controversies related to juvenile sex offender treatment; and what the current available literature tells us about treatment outcomes for juvenile sex offenders.

Section 6: Reentry

This section will examine why and how an over–reliance on the most secure placements, insufficient reentry and aftercare planning, and fragmentation across the system can negatively impact efforts to promote successful reentry and aftercare; and will clarify how these challenges can be addressed effectively by those who share responsibility for working with these youth in residential and institutional settings and the community.

Section 7: The Legal and Legislative Response

This section will help participants to understand changes in legislative responses to juvenile sex offenders in recent decades; the application of federal registration and community notification laws to juvenile sex offenders at the state level; the presence of sexually violent predator/civil commitment laws that apply to juveniles offenders; and some of the concerns about applying these laws to juvenile offenders without consideration of unintended collateral consequences for these youth.

Section 8: Summary

This final section will provide several key “take home” messages from each segment of the curriculum.

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